A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 81 of 493
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RISE OF EZZELINO DA ROMANO 63
Commune of Vicenza on Ezzelino.1 The latter, however, also
modified his plans to some extent, appointing not a Podesta, but
a Captain, the official who in FrederiF's bureaucracy came
immediately below the Vicar-General.2 J
The conquest of Vicenza was followed by the submission of
Ferrara under Salinguerra. But Padua and Treviso remained
obdurate, and when Frederic returned to Germany in December
to crush a rising headed by the Duke of Austria, he left at
least half of the Mark unsubdued. The task of winning Padua
and Treviso the Emperor therefore entrusted to Ezzelino.
During the winter of 1236-37 Ezzelino remained at Vicenza,
planning day and night with Gebhard of Arnstein how to take
Padua. The city was very populous and very rich, and was
protected by such a network of waterways, especially on the
west, that properly defended it was almost impregnable. The
only hope lay in inducing some of the inmates to betray it.
The loyalty of the nobles, especially of those of the district,
was not above suspicion. With the object of attaching the
nobles more closely to the city, the Paduans gave the supreme
authority to a committee of sixteen, nearly all of whom belonged
to the country nobility. But the suspicions of treachery were
only too well founded. Fifteen out of the sixteen were found
almost at once to have been plotting to betray the city to
Ezzelino. Most of them fled and the others were banished.
In despair the Paduans entrusted the defence of the city to
Azzo d' Este, in spite of his recent desertion of Vicenza. At
last Ezzelino's preparations were complete, and on g9th February
he occupied Monselice, which lay south of Padua, and was
regarded as its key. Azzo forsook the Paduans still more
promptly than he had forsaken the Vicentines and at once
made favourable terms with the enemy. On the 24th Ezzelino
left Monselice, spent the day roaming round the walls of Padua,
and finally attacked one of the gates. The inhabitants beat
him off, but, despairing of holding out for any time, sent in their
submission that very evening. Next day Ezzelino made a
triumphal entry into the city, and Rolandinus, who was among
1 Gittermann, op. cit., p. 47-48.
2 Ficker, Reichs
und Rechtsgeschichte Italiens, vol. ii. 414, p, 523.
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